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Toni Morrison Loss of Home

Loss of Home

The joy of Morrison's Nobel was soon tempered by terrible news. On Christmas Day 1993, less than three months after she received the honor, a stray spark from the fireplace ignited a fire at her Rockland County, New York home. The home burned to the ground, destroying decades' worth of memories. "When I think about the fire, I think I may not ever, ever, ever get over it," Morrison later said. "And it isn't even about the things. It's about photographs, plants I nurtured for 20 years, about the view of the Hudson River, my children's report cards, my manuscripts."

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